CPAC Official Tells RNC’s Ex-Chairman He Was Elected For Being Black

Steele was furious after the accusation undermined his struggles and achievements and pinned his accomplishment on his race.



Former chairperson of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele, was recently told by a conservative honcho that he was elected to his position in 2009 because he is “a black guy.”

Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the conference’s communications director, Ian Walters, reminisced about the time Obama was elected as POTUS, a victory that was disorienting for the RNC.

"We were somewhat lost as a group, we had just elected the first African-American president, and that was a big deal and that was a hill that we got over and it was something that we were all proud of and we weren't sure what to do, and in a little bit of cynicism what did we do? This is a terrible thing. We elected Mike Steele to be the RNC chair because he's a black guy, that was the wrong thing to do," Walters said.

Steele brought up the comment on his SiriusXM radio show, “Steele an Ungar,” as he confronted the head of American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp. Steele made it a point to tell Schlapp that he had managed to climb the ladder to the top in a system designed not to uplift him, but to exclude and undermine him.

“I’ve taken crap you have no idea about,” Steele said to Schlapp.

Schlapp’s efforts to broker a truce between Steele and Walters fell flat as he refuse to condemn Walters’ words and instead, called his remark “unfortunate.”

“It’s not ‘unfortunate,’” said Steele. “Call it what it is. It is stupid to sit there and say that we elected a black man chairman of the party…Do you know how that sounds to the black community?”

Steele also made a larger point on how accomplished African-Americans in the country are made to feel as if their victories are due to the race card.

"It also goes to insulting not just me -- I mean, I can deal with that, I'm a big boy, put my pants on and go into the fight -- but it goes after everyone in the RNC who knew me and worked with me and supported the effort that I undertook to become chairman," he added. "But even more broadly, it insults every African-American and calls into question their personal accomplishments."

Walters, Steele told MSNBC, has tried to apologize to him. The apology has not been accepted.

"He did call and he tried to explain himself and said what he was thinking, he relayed it back to Barack Obama's election, and then he said at one point, 'I apologize,' and I just said, you know, that's just not acceptable, that's not enough," Steele recalled.

This is just one example of how racist conservatives can be, even to a person who holds the same point of views lik them. Steele’s accomplishments are undeniable, however, the right-wing conservative still cannot bear a black man in a position of power.

It’s probably time for Steele to leave the party that so little appreciates him.








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